He’s baaack! Tampa nude dance club boss Joe Redner looking to run for public office — again
Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton writes:
Good news on the local election front (unless you happen to be a candidate): Joe Redner is seriously considering another run for office.
Tampa’s strip club king — and recent haunter of Congress with his beer-brewing rock star of a son Joey on a beer tax issue — sounds feisty following his battle into remission from stage four lung cancer. At 72, he is fiery Joe again, and checking the newspaper for who’s running where.
“I wouldn’t mind running against Ronda Storms,” he says when I mention the fire-and-brimstone former state senator as a for-instance, since she is also rumored to be considering a run. “I would have no problem with that.”
City Council? County Commission? Not mayor — Bob Buckhorn, once Joe’s nemesis over that rule to keep dancers and customers six feet apart, is to Joe’s eye doing “a hell of a job.” He also likes Mary Mulhern, a city councilwoman who wants to be a county commissioner. And what’s the point of running against someone who would vote like him? “I want to be able to change something,” says Joe.
He’s run a bunch of times, one city council loss often attributed to his offer of free admission to his Mons Venus strip club with an I-Voted sticker. That one got national press. Joe admits the mistake, even if he still sounds a little surprised by its backlash.
Read Carlton's complete column here.